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Starting up in March, 2018, Sports Talk encourages sports fans (and others) to comment about anything sports related--teams, individuals, concerns, complaints, whatever. All that is asked is to be nice.

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Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

At least we will get a bunch of NEW commercials two Sundays hence.  I just hope they're better than the lame stuff they laid on us last year.

And I've said it before and will repeat: sure, the Rams won, but the officiating was HORRENDOUS, particularly that no-call Pass Interference at the end of the Rams - Saints game.

As for the Super Bowl?  I'd say Pats by 10.

Comment by Randall Smith on Monday

Not one, but 2 overtime thrillers yesterday in the pro football playoffs. Sadly, "my" teams lost both.

Sometime, during the course of the games, I began to see a pattern: of commercials. I became aware that 90% of the ads were for 1) vehicles (cars and "manly" trucks), 2) food and drink ("fast" food and beer/cola), 3) insurance (Geico, Progressive, esp.), 4) "tech" stuff (smart phones, computers, etc.), and 5) "promos" (upcoming TV shows and movies, etc.).

I began making a game of guessing which of these types would be shown next. And I bet that during those 2 games, some commercials were repeated 10 times. "We don't just raise the bar. We are the bar." (Ford trucks)

I realize these products are mainly for young male and female sports fans. And some of the ads are funny--at first. At least, I haven't seen ED commercials for a while. I hated them. Anyway, it's the price we pay for being able even to watch the games in the comforts of a warm house and easy chair. The remote has a mute button.

However, it would be neat to see some ads for things like broccoli and kale, or pianos, or hats. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 12, 2019 at 7:17am

Life is full of quirks and coincidences. What are the chances that my Indiana Hoosiers, Purdue, and the Pacers (pro) basketball teams were not only playing Friday night at the same or overlapping times, but that all three games were being televised?!! It's rare that any one team is on TV, let alone all three simultaneously. My remote control got a workout!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 6, 2019 at 7:12am

Colts and Cowboys both played tough, though I also have to say that the Seahawks are little more than a shadow of their old selves.  This afternoon's wildcard games are liable to be interesting as well.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 6, 2019 at 7:07am

Hip hip hurrah! (Old school)  The Colts did it. Surprised the heck out of me. I yelled out a few "Yippees" while watching the game, but that's about the extent of it. In watching the news stations, it appears local fans got a little carried away with exuberance. You won't see me painting my face or dressed up in elaborate costumes. Enjoy the thrill of victory now, people. The axe will soon fall.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2018 at 7:55am

Randall, while I wasn't too surprised at the outcome, I have a couple things to say about it:

  1. The Browns did NOT quit.  I've seen too many times when they played 30 minutes of football, while their opponent did the full 60 entirely too often.  NOT THIS YEAR, not hardly at all, and that is a big deal.
  2. The Browns now have a core team they can train further and build on.  Keep in mind, this was a young club with a lot of rookies, and even with a change in head coach midway through the season, they played damned near .500 ball.  After being 1 - 31, I'll take that any day of the week.
  3. Baker Mayfield is, indeed, DANGEROUS.  Anyone notice that he's set a record for the number of touchdown passes in his rookie season?  NBC did.  He throws with precision and when he screws up, he owns it.  Not bad for his first year.
  4. Next year, the AFC North HAS to go through Cleveland.  No one is going to take the Browns for granted after 2018.  If we can build on what we have and not screw it up with absurd changes in personnel, we have a WEAPON here.

2018 has been a long time coming for the Browns.  It's still a bit fragile, but I'll take it.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 31, 2018 at 7:38am

Weekend football games--both college and professional--were entertaining. The older I get, the less I root for one team over the other. Cleveland vs. Baltimore, for example. Both deserved to win, so I wasn't unhappy with the results. (Loren may disagree!)

A few more games are on tap for today (NY eve) and tom. (NY Day). I'll be watching most of them, especially if the outside weather is bad, like today.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2018 at 7:14am

I'm always complaining about "color" announcers, and I'm not about to stop. This time I'm directing my diatribe towards Dick Vitale. I really can't stand him. He's so full of himself and SO obnoxious. I just want (and do) to say "Shut the f..k up!"  I watched the entire Duke game with the sound muted. Ah, peace and quiet.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2018 at 7:25am

Randall, I have three words for you: Picture-In-Picture ... GET IT!

As for me, the Browns weren't especially pretty yesterday, but they pulled it out in Denver, and I'm all for that.  It all still needs a LOT of polish, but it just may be that we have the foundation of a team that can accomplish something.  For the first time in a long time, I'm encouraged.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 16, 2018 at 7:09am

I hate to keep "beating a dead horse", but my theory still holds. I was watching my IU basketball team play Butler yesterday. Score tied, IU with the ball in last seconds. During a timeout, I switched channels. By the time I returned to the game, it was over. IU won on a miracle 30 foot "Hail Mary". I MISSED IT!!  Inevitably (it seems), when I watch, my team loses. When I don't watch, they win. Go figure.


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